Unfortunately, in the world of politics, in order to win you have to drag yourself into the mud with your opponent. Former Virginia governor Tim Kaine appears to have done just that as the New Virginia PAC was created for the U.S. Senate hopeful Kaine just days after challenging George Allen to come clean with his Super PAC donors.
Kaine’s New Virginia PAC was created by two former aides of U.S. Senator Mark Warner, Steve Bouchard and Harmony Knutson.
For all of the criticism that Kaine will receive for this move, what else was Kaine and his supporters supposed to do, allow George Allen to flood every medium with pro-Allen ads while Kaine floundered in the no-man’s land of political integrity?
It brings up that old question: do the means justify the ends? If Kaine’s Super PAC makes the difference between a Kaine victory and a Kaine loss, then yes, the means justify the ends.
There is no doubt that Tim Kaine is a better leader, a better politician, and a man who is concerned just as much with the average Virginian as he is with the fat cats whose names are essentially cemented into every hall of power in D.C.
Political integrity may be hard to come by, but a good politician and a better man may be even more rare.